Get up, bright and early.
Get washed, dressed, and have a hearty breakfast.
Make sandwiches and pack day sack.
Check map: I’m leading today’s walk!
Put boots and walking poles in bag.
Put bag and day sack in car.
Drive to Ripon rendez-vous.
Welcome walkers, who all car-share to start of walk – not my car.
All get booted-up and ready to walk …..
… Except me.
The boots in my bag are not mine.
They’re my husband’s.
Stare at battered canvas sneakers I wore to begin the day.
Realise these won’t do for a country walk.
Thrust map and walking route into press-ganged hands.
Wave walkers a reluctant goodbye.
Trudge along the road, back to Ripon.
My contribution to Six Word Saturday.